A dental implant is a small zirconium or titanium screw that replaces the root part of a missing tooth. Inserting the implant requires minor surgery. A crown over the implant then provides a functional and very realistic prosthetic tooth.
Dental implants are the most common dental treatments in Mexico, and at Dr. Mexico, patients will save up to 70% on average compared to U.S and Canada prices.
The benefits of dental implants are significant. By replacing a singular tooth or several missing teeth with implants, no grinding down of adjacent teeth is necessary, as it is with a fixed bridge.
There are several stages to dental implant surgery, with each step being performed under local or general anaesthetic.
The first stage is removing the damaged tooth or teeth. The dentist may, at this stage, be required to perform bone grafting (Often if your jawbone is not thick enough or is too soft.) to forge a solid base for the implant. If a significant amount of bone grafting is required at this stage, the surgery itself may be postponed to give the transplanted bone enough time to grow so that it can support the dental implant. If the bone grafting required is minor, the surgery can be performed later in the day.
Following the removal of the tooth or teeth, then the bone grafting, if required, the next stage is the insertion of the implant. Your dentist makes an incision to expose the bone and then inserts the implant deep into the bone. Once the implant is inserted into the bone, osseointegration begins. This is the process of the jawbone growing into the implant’s surface and can take several months. While this is happening, you will still have a gap where your tooth once was, but the dentist will place a temporary denture there for appearance.
Once osseointegration is complete, the dentist connects the abutment to the implant then the crown to the abutment. The abutment is a small connector post that holds the new tooth in place.
For more information, you can call our patient coordinator. Also, you can read the section of our website on Hybrid dental appliances.